Rash of vehicle burglaries believed solved

Published 12:00 pm Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Two juveniles have been charged with a rash of vehicle burglaries that occurred in of Picayune.

Investigation into the crimes show they were reported between April 26 and last Friday, and involved vehicles parked along North Main Street, Oak Street, Forest Street, Briarwood, Glenwood and West Fourth Avenue.

Jeremy Magri, assistant to the Chief of Police, said a break in the case came on Thursday when a resident at a home along North Main Street who, after hearing a noise caused by her car window being broken, looked outside to see two males running away from the car.

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Officers responded and spoke with the complainant and another witness who gave descriptions of the young men, Magri said. He said officers patrolled the area, later seeing the two suspects burglarizing another vehicle in the area of Goodyear Boulevard. The two suspects fled the scene when the officer attempted to contact them, Magri said.

Continued patrol, with assistance from deputies with the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department, located one of the two suspects, a 16-year-old male, who on further investigation and questioning was determined to have been responsible for taking items from unlocked cars, Magri said. He said the items taken in the burglaries included GPS systems, cell phones, purses, cash and jewelry.

Investigation into the case determined the identity of the second suspect, who is a 15-year-old male juvenile, Magri said. On Friday officers went to the suspect’s home and spoke with his parents, who granted consent to search his room, Magri said. Officers found a hand-rolled cigarette containing a green, leafy substance believed to be marijuana and a pack of cigarettes.

Also on Friday three more reports of vehicle burglaries were reported, to which the two suspects were linked, leading both juveniles to be charged with a total of nine counts of vehicle burglary, Magri said. The 15-year-old was additionally charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of tobacco by a minor, Magri said.

Magri said he appreciates the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department’s assistance with the case.